“Foster youth…who remain in care as young adults, tend to enroll in school, avoid homelessness and have more positive life outcomes generally than youth who age out at 18, according to the most comprehensive study of transition age foster youth to date…” continue reading The Chronicle of Social Change research news here.
“We’re looking at this as a huge opportunity in terms of helping to ensure that the children who are in the state of California have access to comprehensive health care services…”, the SF Gate reports.
Dear WestCoast Community:
Children who are bought and sold for sex are often arrested for prostitution rather than receiving the protection and support provided to victims of rape and child abuse. At WestCoast, 73% of the youth we serve in our intensive mental health program for commercially sexually exploited youth have been involved in the juvenile justice system as a result of their exploitation.
A powerful article by a former Alameda County Youth Advocate.
“My induction into YAP became the pivotal moment that catapulted my ability to advocate for my own needs and it allowed me to see myself as a social change agent for current foster youth in my community who were struggling with similar issues. The YAP experience inspired me to want more access to macro-level change and micro-level interventions for children and families impacted by the system…”
We thank Senator Dianne Feinstein for her leadership combatting child sex trafficking in the United States. Read Senator Feinstein letter here.
Why is it so hard for me to make friends?
A newly-proposed bill would reduce the prescription of psychiatric drugs to youth in California’s foster care system. Karen de Sá of the Contra Costa Times, reports.
Robin Urevich reports, “Trauma Should Be Recognized as Disability by Schools, Lawsuit Says.”
The Sacramento Bee reports, “While mental health hospitalizations of young people of all ethnicities have climbed in recent years, Latino rates stand out. Among those 21 and younger, rates shot up 86 percent, to 17,813, between 2007 and 2014, according to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. That’s compared with a 21 percent increase among whites and 35 percent among African Americans.”